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Bishop Says Church was Not Trying to Hide Files

Posted/updated on: May 16, 2019 at 1:00 pm
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DALLAS (AP) – Bishop Edward Burns has brushed aside statements in a police affidavit that his diocese stymied efforts to obtain files about clerical abuse, saying church officials are being as transparent as possible. The bishop for the Catholic Diocese of Dallas responded at a press conference to sworn statements from a city police investigator. Detective David Clark wrote in an affidavit supporting the search warrants executed Wednesday that priests and lawyers for the church gave him incomplete and inaccurate records. Clark wrote that his efforts to obtain some material about the alleged sexual abuse of children were “thwarted.” Burns says he is confident that he and the diocese “are doing this right” and are “doing everything possible to create a safe environment.” The bishop says a retired FBI agent who the diocese brought in to review its files told him the affidavit and search warrants were rife with errors. He did not name the former agent.


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